The Name We Honor

  • How We Started

    Dorothy Louise Fisher is a retired educator from Detroit Public Schools. She has two degrees from Wayne State College of Education, a bachelor’s degree (1944) and a master’s degree (1948). In the course of her career, Ms. Fisher taught at the Goodale Elementary School, was Assistant Principal at the Hillger and Clark Schools, and became Principal at Clark Elementary School. She was also the Principal at the Region 7 Magnet Middle School, which is now known as Fisher Magnet Upper Academy Middle School.

    Although she retired, she continued to contribute her educational talent as a volunteer by teaching reading to adults. Dorothy L. Fisher began Region 7 Middle School in 1971, which was one of the eight Magnet Schools that began the formal application process for Magnet Schools in Detroit.

    She started the Dorothy L. Fisher Scholarship at Wayne State University which gave scholarship money to Dorothy Fisher students who graduated from High School with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    Fisher Magnet Lower Academy, Prek- 5th Grade, was not built until 2002 and was first named Heilmann Elementary School and is often referred to as such by local businesses.  See our timeline.